Douglas State Forest Trail

Webster, Massachusetts 01570

Douglas State Forest Trail

Douglas State Forest Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This gently lovely area of forests, kettle ponds, and wetlands is proof that one doesn’t need to conquer a summit to enjoy great scenery. In wintertime, the American chestnut trees that flank the park are nicely turned out in a sparkling cloak of white, and the kettle ponds (formed by retreating glaciers) are visions of shimmering, crackly beauty. This 4640-acre park, bordering Rhode Island and Connecticut on the southern border of central Massachusetts, is also known for its Atlantic white cedar swampland and its collection of glacial boulders. In addition to all this is Wallis Pond’s old stone dam with small waterfalls.

Historically, the site has been used for ice harvesting (from Wallum Lake) and as a granite quarry. It was cleared as parkland by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. This northerly trek, the Whitin Reservoir Loop Trail, is a pleasant, woodsy walk with great views of Whitin Reservoir. The trail is lollipop-shaped; you’ll start at the stick of the lollipop and follow it counterclockwise. Be careful at the end of the loop, when you venture onto the stick again; it’s easy to miss it and you can get lost (like we did) and add an extra 6 miles to your hike. Otherwise, the hike is well marked but not heavily used—always a great combination!"

Douglas State Forest Trail Reviews

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1/9/2011
Unable to see map on my iPad because it is dependent on Flash. Very unfortunate.
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8/10/2009
Hot and humid day so we cut short the hike. Series of trails that have much potential, very quiet with very little traffic. Would make for very interesting snow shoe trails
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Trail Information

Webster
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
110 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
Douglas State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Webster, MA
Local Maps

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Jul 2018